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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

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Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Jack Bernstein (story), Jack Bernstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson
Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)
Dan Marino ... Dan Marino
Noble Willingham ... Riddle
Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock
Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis Frank Adonis ... Vinnie
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Roc
David Margulies ... Doctor
John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle
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Storyline

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ace Ventura, un detective diferente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$72,217,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,217,396
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tom Shadyac in the DVD commentary, Jim Carrey came up with "Alrighty then" and other lines specifically because he thought they might catch on. The hand gesture Ventura gave before leaving the police station was also something Carrey intended to become popular. It did not. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when the thug notices the other thug knocked out laying on the ground, you can see a small water spot on his right arm. But as the thug is picking up the unconscious one in the next shot you can see the water spot is substantially bigger on his arm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »

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"Take care, now. Bye bye, then."
18 December 2007 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

In 1994, a year that gave us Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures came out with the funniest film of the decade, err, 1994, with the Jim Carrey super-vehicle, ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE.

Right off the bat, it is a Jim Carrey showcase: chasing missing albino pigeons, rescuing a pampered shiatsu, and making high speed getaways, this all works because it is Ace Ventura, a hilarious, live-action cartoon character who spouts one-liners like an M-16.

The premise of the film is that the Miami Dolphin's team mascot, Snowflake the dolphin, has been captured and needs to be found in time for the Super Bowl. Ace is hired and the sexy Courtney Cox is made his partner until the dolphin is recovered. With an assortment of funny situations like Ace falling into a great white shark tank (!), a montage of Ace searching for a missing jewel, Ace head banging in a CANNIBAL CORPSE concert, it's all gold, and as you have read, Ace is what drives this film into comedy genius!

It was a busy and successful year for Jim Carrey, as he came out with another pair of comedy blockbusters, the LOOSELY translated Dark Horse comic THE MASK, and his hilarious buddy comedy with Jeff Daniels, DUMB and DUMBER.

Thanks to Tom Shadyac for letting Carrey out of the bag and letting this damn funny Canadian strut his lanky stuff.

It has some offensive, adult-oriented material, but if caught on television, this is nearly perfect family entertainment: as long as you don't mind your kids talking from their a$$es for the next couple months.


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